Sport and Social Identities

Author: John Harris,Andrew Parker

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137052740

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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Playing and watching sport can teach us a great deal about wider social issues. This book looks at how identities are constructed and reinforced in sport, exploring notions of race, class, sexuality and nationalism. With contributions from international experts, this book is key reading for students of sociology and sports studies.
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Sport

A Critical Sociology

Author: Richard Giulianotti

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745625452

Category: Social Science

Page: 267

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Presenting a critical sociological interpretation of modern sport, this work gives a cogent examination of a range of widely taught sociological theories and issues, including functionalism, Weberian sociology, Marxism, postmodernism and globalization.
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Sport and Identity in Ancient Greece

Author: Zinon Papakonstantinou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317051122

Category: History

Page: 222

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From the eighth century BCE to the late third century CE, Greeks trained in sport and competed in periodic contests that generated enormous popular interest. As a result, sport was an ideal vehicle for the construction of a plurality of identities along the lines of ethnic origin, civic affiliation, legal and social status as well as gender. Sport and Identity in Ancient Greece delves into the rich literary and epigraphic record on ancient Greek sport and examines, through a series of case studies, diverse aspects of the process of identity construction through sport. Chapters discuss elite identities and sport, sport spectatorship, the regulatory framework of Greek sport, sport and benefaction in the Hellenistic and Roman world, embodied and gendered identities in epigraphic commemoration, as well as the creation of a hybrid culture of Greco-Roman sport in the eastern Mediterranean during the Roman imperial period.
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The New Psychology of Sport and Exercise

The Social Identity Approach

Author: S. Alexander Haslam,Katrien Fransen,Filip Boen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781526488947

Category:

Page: 568

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′The Roger Federer, the Tiger Woods, the Usain Bolt of all books about the psychology of sport, packed with insight and wisdom' - Brian Viner, Sports writer and author of Pelé, Ali, Lillee, and Me The first textbook to explain how social groups and social identity affect sports and exercise.In the context of an increasing emphasis on the importance of psychology for athletic performance, engagement in exercise and the business of sport, this book has been written by an international collective of social psychologists to offer an alternative to the traditional individualistic approach. Informed heavily by social identity theory, self-categorization theory and the contributors' own research, this book′s focus is on the distinctive contribution of groups to sport-related behaviour.Covering the topics core to teaching and written in a way that is truly engaging for students this book is at the forefront of thinking in sports psychology.
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Examining Identity in Sports Media

Author: Heather L. Hundley,Andrew C. Billings

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483342743

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Including the work of top sports communication researchers, Examining Identity in Sports Media explores identity issues, including gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and (dis)ability, as well as the intersections within these various identity issues. This co-edited, twelve-chapter book investigates how various identity groups are framed, treated, affected, and shaped by a ubiquitous sports media, including television, magazines, film, the Internet, and newspapers. While other books may devote a chapter or section to issues of identity in sports media, this book offers a complete examination of identity from cover to cover, allowing identity variables to be both isolated and intermingled to capture how identity is negotiated within sports media platforms. Far more than a series of case studies, this book surveys the current state of the field while providing insight on future directions for identity scholarship in sports communication. Examining Identity in Sports Media is ideal for undergraduate or graduate-level courses in Sports Communication, Sports Media, Media Criticism, Sports Sociology, Gender Communication, and Identity Politics.
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Sport, Representation and Evolving Identities in Europe

Author: Philip Dine

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039119776

Category: Social Science

Page: 369

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Sport annually mobilizes millions of people across Europe: as practitioners in a wide variety of competitive, educational, or recreational contexts, and as spectators, who are physically present or following events through the mass media. This book presents original research into modern sport funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Its aim is to examine the distinctive contribution made by this complex phenomenon to the construction of European identities. Attention is focused on sport's social significance, as a set of mass-mediated practices and spectacles giving rise to a network of images, symbols, and discourses. The book seeks to explore, and ultimately to explain, the processes of representation and mediation involved in the sporting construction, and subsequent renegotiation, of local, national, and, increasingly, global identities. It offers a survey of key developments in sporting Europe - from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and from the Atlantic to the Urals - presenting findings by acknowledged international experts and emerging scholars at the level of individuals, communities, regions, nation-states, and Europe as a whole, in both its geographical and political incarnations. Its focus on representation offers a broadly conceived, and consciously inclusive, approach to issues of 'Europeanness' in modern and contemporary sport.
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Out of Bounds

Sports, Media, and the Politics of Identity

Author: Aaron Baker,Todd Boyd

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253332288

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

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Out of Bounds is a collection of essays that regards the media representation of professional sports through the lens of cultural studies. Editors Aaron Baker and Todd Boyd contend that the popularity of sports derives not simply from their appeal as leisure entertainment but from their contribution to discussion of larger issues of class, race, gender, and masculinity. Essays in the collection challenge media wisdom about the apolitical nature of sports by examining how they contribute to the contested process of defining social identities. Included within a broad range of works are "'Never Trust a Snake': WWF Wrestling as Masculine Melodrama," (Henry Jenkins), "Mike Tyson and the Perils of Discursive Constraints: Boxing, Race and The Assumption of Guilt" (John Sloop), and "Visible Difference and Flex Appeal: The Body, Sex, Sexuality, and Race in the Pumping Iron Films" (Christine Holmlund).
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Sport, Identity and Ethnicity

Author: Jeremy MacClancy,Shirley Ardener,Tamara Dragadze,Jonathan Webber

Publisher: Berg Pub Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 203

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Sport is now a major industry -- and one of increasing importance throughout both the developed and developing world -- but, until now, it has received little serious attention from anthropologists. In this first general book on the anthropology of sport, the contributors look at how different sports are used by a wide variety of peoples to express, manipulate and negotiate their identities, and to challenge the way they are defined by others.Chapters address:- the role played by football teams in colonial Zimbabwe to express locals' autonomy from their British rulers; - the evolution of one of Venice's central festive occasions -- its regatta -- from a ritual of state to a sport of the people; modern and postmodern transformations of polo in Pakistan, its original home- the resolution of problematic aspects of social life in Turkey through wrestling; - the manner by which Catalan nationalists successfully exploited the Barcelona Olympics for their own political ends; and- the controversy between anglers and anti-anglers in Britain. This pioneering volume will be of interest to anthropologists, sociologists, sport historians and all those interested in this popular subject.
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Sociology of Sport and Social Theory

Author: Earl Smith

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 0736075720

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

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"Sociology of Sport and Social Theory" presents current research perspectives from major sport scholars and leading sociologists regarding issues germane to the sociology of sport while addressing traditional and contemporary sociological theories.
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Contesting Identities

Sports in American Film

Author: Aaron Baker

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252028168

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 162

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Publisher's description: Since the earliest days of the silent era, American filmmakers have been drawn to the visual spectacles of sports and their compelling narratives of conflict, triumph, and individual achievement. In Contesting Identities Aaron Baker examines how these cinematic representations of sports and athletes have evolved over time--from The Pinch Hitter and Buster Keaton's College to White Men Can't Jump, Jerry Maguire, and Girlfight. He focuses on how identities have been constructed and transcended in American society since the early twentieth century. Whether depicting team or individual sports, these films return to that most American of themes, the master narrative of self-reliance. Baker shows that even as sports films tackle socially constructed identities such as class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, they ultimately underscore transcendence of these identities through self-reliance. In addition to discussing the genre's recurring dramatic tropes, from the populist prizefighter to the hot-headed rebel to the "manly" female athlete, Baker also looks at the social and cinematic impacts of real-life sports figures from Jackie Robinson and Babe Didrikson Zaharias to Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan.
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